I am in no way a leftist. On the other hand I am in no way an Islamist and cannot stand the Saudis… who are the source of so much Islamism in the world.
On the 2nd January, two days into 2016, Saudi Arabia (Britain’s key ally in the middle east) executed 47 people for ‘terrorism’. 47 in one day. This included the prominent Shia clericSheikh Nimr al-Nimr. Many of the individuals executed on Saturday were involved in a series of attacks carried out by al-Qaida from 2003-06, according to the interior ministry. 45 of those executed were of Saudi nationality, alongside one Chadian and one Egyptian. The 47 executions were carried out inside prisons across 12 different provinces in Saudi Arabia. This follows follows 158 executions in 2015 (a big increase from the 90 people killed in 2014). Human Rights Watch (HRW) has described this as:
the largest mass execution in the country since 1980
Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a prominent Shia cleric, was sentenced to death in 2014 following a Saudi court convicting him on vague charges largely on his criticism of Saudi officials…
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